Most plants have their own way of adapting to any type of weather. This is one of the reasons why trees lose leaves before winter comes, to help them survive.
A drought is somewhat a different story than that of winter. A drought is an extended time wherein a specific area receives a deficiency in its water supply. There is but one way to know when a drought is happening. When a certain area receives less than the average precipitation in long periods of time, it’s safe to say that that area is experiencing a drought.
Droughts usually have negative effects especially to the agriculture of that specific area or region. Although many species of plants have adapted to tolerate droughts, unfortunately most of the plants and trees still lack this adaption.
Trees and water are both important resources. Trees can basically change how a house feels and improve one’s property values. If you don’t know this yet trees also help clean our water, the air we breathe and make streets quieter and safer. What I’m trying to say is that when we take care of our trees, they also take care of us.
Young trees are less established and will require easier access to water to develop deep root systems. Mature trees on the other hand require more water especially if it’s growing near heat traps such as driveways and/or foundations.
There are also exposed trees; water loss will be greater where trees are exposed to heat of the sun and strong or constant winds.
WHAT TO DO
Use the right amount of water depending on the tree
- Water Young trees twice per week (about 5 gallons)
- Mature trees should be watered once a week (equivalent to 1.5 inches of rain)
One should also water trees the right way; during a drought one should water directly using a hose or a 5 gallon bucket. Watering the right way will also require you to water your trees in the right places. Water the “drip zone”, which is basically located directly beneath the foliage and shaded by the tree.
To conserve water, you can place buckets in the shower room to collect warm up water. You can also collect water from dehumidifiers, air conditioning condensations and save a flush to conserve.
You can also convert irrigation systems to drip, low flow or micro spay. It is also advised to regularly check for leaks.
Watering at the right time will also help your trees survive the drought. The best time to water your trees would be early morning or after the sun has set. This is usually the time when trees replace the water they have lost during the day. Aside from their scheduled replenishment of water, less water will be lost due to evaporation during these times.
Mulching your tree will also help keep the soil warmer in winter and cooler in summer.
As an additional tip, when you want to plant a tree to make your home better in some way, it is best to choose a tree that is native or drought resistant species that require less water.
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